The Top Leadership Articles You Need to Read in May 2017


It’s often said that great leaders are great readers.

Reading exposes you to ideas and experiences you may not have encountered otherwise. It can sharpen your mind, challenge your views, and inspire real improvement. Keeping up with regular news and conversations within the business world can also help you stay ahead of the pack.

A good leader recognizes the necessity of continued leadership education and growth. Check out the following articles to learn more about how you and your team can continue to improve.

6 Ways to Energize Your Team

Does your team ever seem drained of energy? Is the problem frequent or long-lasting, even when you do your best to motivate them with incentives or rewards? This article suggests that if you want a long-term solution to the problem, you need to win over the hearts of your employees.

Michael Hyatt, a New York Times best-selling author, public speaker, and former CEO, is no stranger to leadership coaching. He encourages leaders to recognize that everyone, including an employee, is a volunteer. No one will give you their best over the long term if they don’t get what they need from a job (beyond a paycheck). He uses this article to explain how to energize your team members and win their loyalty and trust with six actionable methods.

For example, Hyatt encourages leaders to first take a look at their perspective and reminds the reader of a simple truth: most people are intelligent and hardworking. If you approach your team thinking otherwise, it can negatively impact their morale and actually decrease their performance.

Take advantage of this tip, along with the five other strategies discussed in this article, and learn how to help your team reach its full potential with long-term solutions.

Are You a Bridge-Building Leader?

Have you ever worked for a business where there was an “us vs. them” mentality, even within the organization’s own teams? Perhaps you’ve seen some of this within your own company.

Divided organizations hold themselves back from reaching their full potential, and their employees will often be held back, too. The Lead Change Group explains how to help bring employees together with this article on becoming a bridge-building leader.

The post illustrates this principle through the story of Rosa Parks and her involvement in the Civil Rights movement. Her actions sparked a change that was felt throughout the whole country. According to the article, bridge-building leaders seek to bring their employees together through the following three principles:

  • Focus on a higher purpose
  • Focus on partnership
  • Create settings for interdependence

The author gives examples from both history and the business world to explain how each of these principles can help leaders build bridges and help create unity within an organization.

Agility: A Strategic Leader’s Edge

In today’s digital age, the ability to quickly react or take advantage of an opportunity is more important than ever. This article from the Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness (CMOE) addresses the importance of agility in the business world along with the five talents that work together to make a leader agiler.

One of these talents includes the ability to make decisions quickly. While it’s always necessary to do your due diligence, the article emphasizes how important it is to know when it’s time to make a choice and act on it.

The article also touches on how openness to new ideas helps leaders be agiler. Leaders who can get past the “that’s how we’ve always done it” mentality are better prepared to quickly take advantage of new opportunities.

In addition, this post offers tips on increasing dexterity, responding to unexpected circumstances, and easily switching between day-to-day tasks and long-term projects.

Hire People Who Disagree With You

It’s far too easy to create an echo chamber of yes-men (and women) when hiring. Many people naturally gravitate towards people who agree with them, but the best leaders surround themselves with people who hold diverse opinions, even if those views are contrary to the leader’s own.

In this article, executive coach and leadership educator John Baldoni outlines why it is important to hire people who disagree with you and how to navigate the process. He emphasizes the importance of looking for people with character and strong ideas. He teaches you how to find quality potential employees who are willing to voice their opinions.

Of course, in the process of finding people who are willing to disagree, you may stumble upon those who are simply disagreeable. Baldoni also instructs the reader on how to work through the latter.

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